Transition Rim Run Power Dribble Finish Basketball Drill

Transition Rim Run Power Dribble Finish Basketball Drill


Often in transition, big men are taught to run right down the center of the lane to the front of the rim; this is called a rim run. If the post can beat his/her man up the floor, this can create easy scoring opportunities. However, a big key to this is making sure that the post player can catch and finish. This basketball finishing drill is designed to simulate a post player running in transition down the center lane.

He/she will receive the pass, but because of the angle or the speed of the pass, the player cannot just catch and finish without a dribble. This is where the power dribble comes in. It will allow the post player to gather and finish under control rather than just throwing up an off-balanced layup off the backboard.

Basketball drills like this are great because they allow the player to get a bunch of quality repetitions, but they also teach the player to look for these types of opportunities in a game. If you can get your post player to be thinking, “sprint” every time in transition, you are going to get a lot of transition scoring opportunities.



Basketball Drill Overview

Drill Name: Transition Rim Run Power Dribble Finish Basketball Drill

Equipment Needed: 1 basketball, a chair/cone, and a partner.


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Goals of the Drill

  • Work on running the floor, making a catch, and finishing with a power dribble.


Coaching Points

  • Make sure that you do not travel.
  • Practice running at game speed so that it is realistic.
  • Get your shoulders square to the basket on the layup.
  • Have a strong base when taking the power dribble.
  • Passer needs to mix up the types of passes.


Basketball Drill Instructions

  • Place a chair/cone just inside the half-court and line it up with the center of the rim.
  • The passer will be on either wing, about even with the trash can, and the player will be next to the chair.
  • When the drill starts, the player will run right down the center of the lane, and as soon as the player gets in the paint, the coach will fire them a pass.
  • The player must catch the ball, take a power dribble, and then finish with their right hand on the right side and left hand on the left side.
  • Players will get their own make, outlet the ball to the passer, and then run around the chair for another repetition.
  • The drill can go for a certain number of repetitions or time.


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